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the heat. >> the is definitely at a disadvantage. still, you have to go with a healthy group of kids. that's number one. >> blistering temperatures baking not only california but the southern united states. the peak is this weekend. saturday and sunday, the main thing is keep hydrated, drink plenty of water. >> it sends thousands of family straight to the beach. >> yeah. it's been suddenly summer has started for us in southern california. >> while crowds look for relief in record temperatures and historic droughts, it will be a long summer for firefighters ge aring up not only here in california but across the west. battling what already seems to be a never-ending fire season. now, the fire burning here in angeles national forrest is still at zero percent containment. we are just getting breaking reports out of washington state where four massive wildfires are forcing massive evacuations. we're told 1,500 homes
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may be threatened and 50 to 100 of those already may have been destroyed. peter. gadi schwartz, thank you. te whns of thousands of travelers faced long delays or cancellations by major problems at an air traffic control system in virginia. it started on the east coast and spread well beyond. kristen dahlgren is at laguardia airport tonight. kristen, good evening. good evening to you, peter. the faa says the system is back in service. things slowly getting back to normal. i just checked the board inside laguardia. only three departure delays. still a dozen on arrival. tonight up and down the east coast there are many passengers still stranded. at d.c. reagan nationalhihis afternoon, the only thing going up was frustration. >> it shouldn't be like this. >> planes weren't going anywhere. according to the faa, the glitch was in a tracking computer system based in leesburg, virginia.
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supposed to help route high altitude traffic near the nation's capital. so this is what the airspace looked like for several hours. planes not allowed to fly in and out of the usually busy region. >> not a good day to fly. stay home if you can. new york, d.c. and baltimore werek especially hard hit. three-hour delays. but the misery quickly spread to miami, chicago, and beyond. more than 2,000 deys and hundreds of cancellations. the haskey family is traveling from new york to seattle. >> a lot of other things i can do on a saturday than sitting in laguardia all day. >> social media posted about flightpocolypse. blake jones shared his thoughts on claustrophobia and screaming kids. >> hopefully this is resolved soon. fingers crossed.
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the faa was able to reboot the system and begin flights. >> i will not be able to make it to my family reunion. so i am deeply, deeply disappointed. >> now, the faa says it doesn't believe that the problem was caused by any accident or hacking. but the investigation into exactly what did cause all of this, peter, is still ongoing. >> kristen, thanks very much. it's a rite of passage for anybody who wants to be president. the iowa state fair. and today several leading 2015 contenders tried to score big points there. but once again, donald trump may have stole the show. this time with his own ride. we have more tonight from nbc's katy tur. donald trump trumping the iowa state fair. landing with a flourish in a helicopter leaving no doubt as to who it belonged to. leading the media on a slow-speed pursuit on
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a golf cart. and mugging for selfies. all the while sporting a bright red make america great again hat. and ever the salesman tweeting this week you can buy your own online. >> it was one of the beatles. >> we thought, we've got to see this circus. >> the billionaire outlined his immigration plan for "meet the press". >> you will rescind that one too? >> we have to make a whole new set of standards. and when people come in -- >> you're going to deport families, children? >> no. we'll keep the families together. we have to keep the families together. >> basking in the glow of poll numbers, he is being treated more like a rock star than a politician. in iowa during the day and new hampshire last night. while chris christie and carly fiorina has done 60 stops, trump
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has done 16. republicans there are used to. despite outward appearances, signs that he is building a political machine, at least in iowa. ten campaign staffers and already some caucus leaders. not to mention a royal blue bus. again, no question whose it is. monday trump takes the show to court. summoned for jury duty in new york. >> are you looking forward to it? >> yeah. i'm looking forward to it. i think it's fine. >> taking a break from the trail and serving the system, which he argues only he can fix. katy tur, hampton, new hampshire. >> you can see more of chuck todd's interview with donald trump right here tomorrow morning on "meet the press". hillary clinton was trying to get her message across in iowa as well today as she feels the heat from bernie sanders and from lingering questions about her private e-mail accounts. nbc's kelly o'donnell
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is in iowa tonight. the flavor of the fair always delivers a wallop. from sugar rush to dried delights. >> i'm eating my vegetables. >> but today there was a a different kind of sensory overload. all about the politics. bernie sanders, with his speech, defined his upstart success with voters. while hillary clinton did not address the crowd but made her rounds slowly. locked in a crawling swarm of humanity. cameras and iowa vote issers. >> how are you? >> some friendly. some not. >> are you worried about going to prison? >> clinton has other business to do here. >> i'm going to let whatever this inquiry is go forward. >> on the examination of her private e-mail server and whether classified material was improperly handled, clinton
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insisted she did nothing wrong. but also acknowledged today that information not marked as secret may have been on her server. >> i am repeating the facts. the facts are i did not send neuer did i receive material marked classified. >> some voters here are skeptical. >> what do you need to see from hillary clinton? >> just mainly concerned about those e-mails. is everything is on the up and up, i would probably be likely to vote for her. >> thank you, thank you. >> i think she knew better is and she shouldn't have done it. >> clinton brushed off a flyover by trump's glitzy helicopter. sanders says his momentum is real. >> if your campaign is summertime, or can you transition to being a real threat? >> they will have the money. but i think we have the people. and i think people will defeat big money. >> hillary clinton also told us she
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believes that republicans in congress and in the gop race have made questions about her private e-mail server a partisan iraq, and she won't get involved in that. today she would not take a couple of questions about what she thinks about the possibility of joe biden getting in the democratic race. peter? >> kelly o'donnell on the ground in iowa with the funnel cakes and the candidates tonight. kelly, thanks very much. a memorial in chattanooga, tennessee for the five serviceman killed last month by a gunman who attacked a military recruiting office there. the shooter was shot and killed by police and has raised new concerns about security at recruiting centers and other military sites. in china, the toll from this week's devastating explosions in the port city of tianjin became much higher today. the blast killed more than 100 people, among them 21 firefighters. hundreds more were injured as those toxic
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explosions rained through the area. >> more small explosions saturday. several cars bursting into flames. as a sign of fear and confusion in the area, residents told us they had been ordered to leave. the government told us to move. it's not safe here, said this man. later, another city official denied this had been ordered. state-run media reports say highly toxic sodium cyanide has been found near the site. three days after the blast, fishes say they're still unsure precisely what other chemicals were stored there. the massive explosions late wednesday were captured by cell phone cameras. this the terrifying spectacle from the roof of a nearby apartment building. decimating a vast area around tianjin's ports. incredibly, they found another survivor today. he was pulled from
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inside a shipping container, just 160 feet from the blast epicenter. there are reports that the blasts might have been triggered with firefighters attending an area fire used water on volatile chemicals. 21 firefighters are among the more than 100 people confirmed dead. hundreds injured. an unknown number still missing. frustration boiled over saturday. families of missing firefighters disrupted a press conference, demanding information on their loved ones. it's been three days and three nights, but still no information on my son, she said. she said her son had been one of the first to reach the blast site. with the credibility of the authorities increasingly under question, the government has ordered a nationwide check on hazardous sites. but still no answers as to why a warehouse full of dangerous chemicals was allowed to close to residential areas, apparently breaking china's own laws. peter. >> ian williams, thank
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scene as the beatles took the stage. they had been introduced 18 months earlier and played to 55,000 fans on that humid august night. at the time it was the largest crowd in music history. we're told at times it was almost impossible to hear the music over all the screaming fans. in another kind of classic has withstood the test of time. the sweet delights served at dairy queen. some of the famed treats are no longer on the menu at your local dq. you can still find plenty of the old favorites at one spot. we went with harry smith to find out. >> we hold this truth to be self evident, man, do we love ice cream. a drippy cone on a summer's day, man, that is the pursuit of happiness. in moorhead, minnesota, they have made a declaration of independence. they still serve the stuff the corporation put an end to. like the dearly departed raspberry
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soda or oh, so awesome banana supreme. they bought the business 20 years ago from the people who started up here in 1949. their old contract allows them to flout authority. >> do you get any blow back from corporate headquarters? >> we haven't yet, no. >> troy says if they did come by, they might learn a thing or two. from march to october, there's almost always a line. the portions tend to be a little larger and the prices cheaper than the corporate stores. regulars say the ice cream is better too. >> this is good stuff. >> and august may be the best because ice cream with peaches peeled by hand when the good ones come in from california. >> when you taste that, what do you taste? >> here they double down on minnesota nights.
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finally tonight, one day after the american flag was raised outside the u.s. embassy in cuba for the first time in 54 years, we're reminded of the man who ruled cuba most of that time, fidel castro. some of the most memorable images came from an american-born photographer. lester holt has his story. >> castro without a beard. >> roberto salas's collection of work has been nothing short of revolutionary. >> i started photography i don't know when. you might say a little bit after the day i was born. >> born in new york, salas started working with his dad, a photographer with cuban roots. >> one day in 1955, i'm 15 years old at that time, he receives a request to do a picture story on this small group of political activists, the guy in charge of that group was castro. >> that first meeting with fidel castro
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launched salas on an historic path. >> this is castro in new york in 1959. >> over the next 50 years, salas's point of view would create epic images like this one. >> this image for me is the one i like the best. and i like it because it was taken by matchlight. >> salas and a small group of photographers were given privileged access to any fell castro and his inner circle, chronicling the cuban revolution. >> playing baseball. >> he captured him in wear. >> that was taken 2:30 in the morning. >> and more intimate settings. >> dell says this was a paparazzi shot. he was a magnet for cameras, photographers, and everything. >> one of salas's most iconic images was in 1961 on the on day the u.s. severed ties with cuba and closed the
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embassy in havana. >> i said let's take a picture of you with the newspaper. >> the last time salas photographed castro was in 2005. for half a century, one man, a camera, and an eye for framing history. lefter holt, nbc news, havana. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm peter alexander. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching.
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